AGE AT AWARD: 20
Glasgow-born Yusuf is a graduate of the competitive GMAC Creative Apprenticeship programme. Although the youngest of the group by a number of years, Yusuf excelled on the programme, demonstrating real talent and focus beyond his years. His final scripts were singled out by the Head Commissioner of BBC Scotland as a real talent to watch.
For as long as he can remember, Yusuf has loved the cinema and enjoyed telling stories. His ambition is to find new and interesting ways to tell great stories, following in the footsteps of some of his cinematic heroes, Christopher Nolan, Edgar Wright and Alfred Hitchcock. As a British Asian, Yusuf wants to bring both his Scottishness and his background as an ethnic minority to his creative work, to introduce a distinctive and refreshing new voice to the industry.
According to one of his tutors, his strength lies in his quirky characterisations and subtle humour which lend warmth to his writing. On completion of his GMAC apprenticeship it was recommended that he pursue academic study as his next stage in development. Yusuf won a place to study scriptwriting for film at Bournemouth University.
How the Awards Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will enable Yusuf to take up this place and pursue his ambitions.